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04 Domitian as Caesar RIC 957
AR Denarius, 3.44g
Rome Mint, 77-78 AD (Vespasian)
RIC 957 (C2). BMC 234. RSC 49.
Obv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS V; Horseman, helmeted, in military dress, cloak floating behind him, on horse prancing r., with r. hand thrown upwards and back
Acquired from Aegean Numismatics, September 2007.

Issued at a time when Domitian was aspiring to an Eastern command against the Alani, Mattingly attributes this type to that cause: The rider is Mars calling Rome to the field of battle.

Other theories suggest the rider is either Domitian or a soldier. Curtis Clay has also proposed the idea that this type may well be of a commemorative nature, since much of Vespasian's coinage are copies of past popular types.

A lovely coin in hand, the portrait was the reason this one found a home in my collection.
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Noah  [Jan 02, 2010 at 10:50 PM]
The portrait is stellar!!! I am a portrait hunter...and this my friend, is a smashing portrait of his!!